Comscore Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2018 Results
TV and Cross-Platform Momentum Continues Alongside Reduction in Net Loss and Fourth Straight Quarter of Positive Adjusted EBITDA
RESTON, Va., Feb. 28, 2019 - Comscore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a trusted partner for planning, transacting, and evaluating media across platforms, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2018.
Fourth Quarter 2018 Financial Highlights
- Total year-over-year revenue growth for the fourth quarter of 6.2% to $109.3 million.
- GAAP net loss of $27.2 million, or $(0.46) per share, compared to $71.9 million, or $(1.25) per share in the year-ago quarter.
- Adjusted EBITDA of $6.3 million, compared to an adjusted EBITDA loss of $8.1 million in the year-ago quarter.
Full-Year 2018 Financial Highlights
- Total year-over-year revenue growth of 3.9% to $419.5 million.
- GAAP net loss of $159.3 million, or $(2.76) per share, compared to $281.4 million, or $(4.90) per share for the prior year.
- Adjusted EBITDA of $16.4 million, compared to an adjusted EBITDA loss of $18.7 million for the prior year.
- Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash of $50.2 million, compared to $45.1 million as of December 31, 2017.
"In the fourth quarter, we continued to expand our customer relationships, drive revenue growth, and improve our cost structure while investing in product development, resulting in our fourth straight quarter of positive adjusted EBITDA," said Bryan Wiener, chief executive officer of Comscore. "We continue to benefit from shifts in the media landscape that demand a better solution and currency for measuring media across platforms. 2018 was a meaningful step forward in the transformation of Comscore, and we are now leveraging a stronger foundation to execute into 2019 and beyond."
Fourth Quarter Summary Results
Total revenue in the fourth quarter of 2018 was $109.3 million, up from $102.9 million in the year-ago quarter.
Ratings and Planning revenue increased to $74.8 million in the fourth quarter, compared to $71.6 million in the year-ago quarter. The increase was primarily from TV products due to increases in existing customer contract values as well as approximately $2.8 million related to the delivery of cross-platform products in Europe. The increase was offset by lower revenue in syndicated digital products; however, the rate of decline slowed to 1% on a sequential quarter basis.
Analytics and Optimization revenue increased to $23.9 million in the fourth quarter, compared to $20.8 million in the year-ago quarter. The increase was largely due to Activation products, which experienced significant growth, and delivery of digital customer marketing solutions.
Movies Reporting and Analytics revenue was $10.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 and $10.5 million in the year-ago quarter.
GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $27.2 million, or $(0.46) per share, compared to $71.9 million, or $(1.25) per share reported in the year-ago quarter. The improvement was driven primarily by a reduction of investigation and audit related costs of $26.0 million; continued cost discipline in selling and marketing, research and development, and G&A; and the increase in revenue described above.
For the fourth quarter of 2018, Comscore generated non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA of $6.3 million, compared to a loss of $8.1 million in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted EBITDA excludes stock-based compensation expense; investigation, litigation and audit-related expense; restructuring expense; change in fair value of financing derivatives; and other items as presented in the accompanying tables.
Full-Year Summary Results
Total revenue for the full year 2018 was $419.5 million, up from $403.5 million for the prior year. The full year 2018 results include an additional $1.0 million in revenue as a result of the adoption of the new revenue standard ASC 606.
Ratings and Planning revenue increased to $285.4 million for the full year, compared to $278.1 million in the prior year. The increase was primarily from TV products due to increases in existing customer contract values as well as the establishment of stand-alone selling price over certain distinct performance obligations and the sale of cross platform products in Europe. The increase was offset by lower revenue in our syndicated digital products.
Analytics and Optimization revenue increased to $92.4 million for the full year, compared to $86.8 million in the prior year. Revenue increased due to emerging products, including Activation, which experienced significant growth in the latter part of 2018, but was partially offset by lower revenue from digital custom marketing solutions products.
Movies Reporting and Analytics revenue increased to $41.7 million for the full year, compared to $38.7 million in the prior year. The company's global footprint remained strong throughout the year.
GAAP net loss for the full year 2018 was $159.3 million, or $(2.76) per share, compared to $281.4 million, or $(4.90) per share reported in prior year. The decrease primarily related to lower litigation settlement costs, lower investigation and audit costs, and lower operating expenses, offset by higher interest expense on the company's senior secured convertible notes. The net loss for the full year 2018 included a $1.9 million positive impact as a result of the adoption of ASC 606.
For the full year 2018, Comscore generated non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA of $16.4 million, compared to an adjusted EBITDA loss of $18.7 million in the prior year.
Balance Sheet and Liquidity
As of December 31, 2018, total debt principal, composed of senior secured convertible notes, was $204.0 million. Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash as of December 31, 2018 were $50.2 million, including $6.1 million in restricted cash.
Conference Call Information for Today, Thursday, February 28 at 5:00 p.m. ET:
Management will provide commentary on the company's results in a conference call today at 5:00 p.m. ET. To access this call dial +1 844-229-7593 (domestic) or +1 314-888-4258 (international) and reference conference ID # 9879519.Participants are advised to dial in at least 10 minutes prior to the call to register. Additionally, a live webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of the company's website at ir.comscore.com/events-presentations. Following the conference call, a replay will be available by dialing +1 855-859-2056 (domestic) or +1 404-537-3406 (international) with passcode #9879519. The replay will also be available via webcast at ir.comscore.com/events-presentations.
Comscore (Nasdaq: SCOR) is a trusted partner for planning, transacting and evaluating media across platforms. With a data footprint that combines digital, linear TV, over-the-top and theatrical viewership intelligence with advanced audience insights, Comscore allows media buyers and sellers to quantify their multiscreen behavior and make business decisions with confidence. A proven leader in measuring digital and set-top box audiences and advertising at scale, Comscore is the industry's emerging, third-party source for reliable and comprehensive cross-platform measurement.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal and state securities laws, including, without limitation, Comscore's expectations, forecasts, plans and opinions regarding shifts in the media landscape, business transformation, and our foundation for executing on business plans in 2019 and beyond. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events to differ materially from expectations, including, but not limited to, Comscore's ability to achieve its expected strategic, financial and operational plans. For additional discussion of risk factors, please refer to Comscore's respective Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and other filings that Comscore makes from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), which are available on the SEC's website (www.sec.gov).
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Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To provide investors with additional information regarding our financial results, we are disclosing herein non-GAAP net income (loss), adjusted EBITDA and non-GAAP expense, each of which are non-GAAP financial measures used by our management to understand and evaluate our core operating performance and trends. We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our operating results, as they permit our investors to view our core business performance using the same metrics that management uses to evaluate our performance. Nevertheless, our use of these non-GAAP financial measures has limitations as an analytical tool, and investors should not consider these measures in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Instead, you should consider these measures alongside GAAP-based financial performance measures, net income (loss), various cash flow metrics, and our other GAAP financial results.
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